One of the reasons why I love doing my devotions in public places is because people can see that I’m reading the bible. Either another Christian would approach me and say something like, “That’s sure is a great book brother!” or if it’s a non-christian they usually say something like, “What you reading?” they know it’s a bible but what they really mean is, “Why are you reading that? you believe that stuff”? which I don’t really mind. I love engaging with people!
David sat next to me and we started talking about religion and all different kinds of faith. He’s one of those ‘coexist’ people who believed that all religions point to the same God. I wasn’t gonna debate with him or prove that Jesus is the only way to God, but I did say that Christianity is different from all ‘religions’ because God came down to us, instead of us working our way up to God.
I got a word of knowledge from God that David had a back and knee pain. While we were still talking, I politely asked if he had any pain on his back or knee, turns out he did have pains on both. He was puzzled how I knew about it. I simply said, “God told me.” This time he looked terrified. ha!
I said, “You want the pain to go away? Let me pray for you.” He didn’t want it at first but I told him that it won’t be that long. I told him to give me 3secs. Just 3 secs of his time and that’s it. He agreed. I prayed, rebuked the pain on both back and knees. I asked him to check it out and he said he felt better and then he goes, “Well, the pain is sporadic. Comes and goes.” But I told him that God is healing him already. Even though David was in denial of the healing that took place on his back and knees I blessed him and told him that God loves him.
A lot of times we try to win an argument or debate against a non-believer through eloquent words or stacked up biblical knowledge. I think there’s a place and time for that but hear what Apostle Paul had to say about this:
I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. - 1 Corinthians 2
What if we actually just talk, walk and live like how Jesus lived, I think that’s more effective than actually just doing the whole ‘talking’ I’m not disregarding biblical knowledge and wisdom but what I’m arguing is that Jesus was all about words followed with actions. So let’s be like Jesus and not settle for mere Christianity.